Welcome to Mahia Peninsula
It’s an enduring holiday spot for East Coasters, who come for boaty, beachy stuff, and you can get in on the action if you have your own transport. A day or two could be spent exploring the scenic reserve and the bird-filled Maungawhio Lagoon, hanging out at the beach (Mahia Beach at sunset can be spectacular), or even playing a round of golf. Mahia has several small settlements offering between them a few guesthouses, a holiday park, a bar-bistro and a couple of stores.
In recent years, the peninsula's eastern edge has become the launch location for New Zealand's very own rocket company. Check Rocket Lab's website (www.rocketlabusa.com) for information on this innovative and surprising Kiwi startup.